One rarely has great expectations of pubs next to railway stations, let alone those adjacent to motorways. Still, the Midland Hotel (or "the Mids", as it seems to like to be known as nowadays) provides a reasonably pleasant pub experience. The decor, comprising a splendid octagonal-patterned ceiling, and a wood and tiled floor is smart and pleasingly uncontemporary. There's quite a clever arrangement whereby a big screen for sports is provided in a back room behind (and visible from) the bar, while those not interested in the game have plenty of space at the front. Decor notwithstanding, the pub seems to be trying to attract a young crowd, with regular DJ/Disco nights, pool tournaments and even poker nights. Not really a pub to travel to, the Midland does what it does competently enough.
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Reviewed by venichka
21 Jan 2007